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Peugeot Making Progress On Production Hybrid Air Concept

On: Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 1:36PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Modern battery technology is both the reason that EVs and plug-in hybrids exist and the reason we don't see more of them. While batteries a're the life blood of EVs, allowing them to store the energy necessary to power their electric motors, they're also the downfall, possessing insufficient storage capacity to deliver anywhere near gas-vehicle range, slowing down the refueling (charging) process, and adding lots of weight and expense. 

Earlier this year, Peugeot revealed a concept that could replace batteries with an innovative alternative energy-storage system. Its Hybrid Air technology uses compressed air as a means of energy storage, replacing costly, insufficient batteries. It had the makings of a fanciful concept, but the company is reportedly progressing with the design. Auto Express reports that the Hybrid Air technology is on track for production and could debut as early as 2015. That confirms that the technology is still being prepped for production, and ups the possible launch from the 2016 date Peugeot gave when it first announced Hybrid Air in January.


Toyota's FV2: Mood Ring Meets Segway

On: Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 12:24PM | By: Karen Cook


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So, you’re waiting at a stop light and you glance into the car next to you. The guy in the other car is obviously angry. He’s got a grimace that goes on for days and the veins in his forehead are visibly pounding even from your vantage point. When the light turns green you drive slightly more defensively until he turns off the road. What if your car could read your mood? What if your car could read your mood and broadcast this information to other drivers? What if it changed color in response? It sounds like something from a movie but this is just the start of what a new vehicle from Toyota can do.


Toyota Upgrades Classics with New Technology

On: Sat, Nov 2, 2013 at 9:18AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Two already popular Toyotas should prove even more popular in 2014. Both the 2014 RAV4 and 2014 Camry are upgraded with new standard and available technologies, making them safer and more enjoyable to drive. If you're considering buying a 2014 Camry now, you may want to hold off a couple months. 

Toyota introduced the 2014 Camry a few weeks ago, adding a few updates - and higher base price - after launch, calling the model the 2014.5 Camry. We're gonna go ahead and stick with 2014 Camry, because 2014.5 just looks silly. This upgraded model, which will start at $23,235 after destination (up $190 from original 2014 pricing), will go into production in December.


Hyundai Provides a First Look at the New Genesis

On: Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 10:18AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Hyundais have been moving upmarket of late, and it looks like the next generation of Genesis will continue the trend. Hyundai previewed the model for Korean media at an event fittingly called All-New Genesis Media Preview. For those of us not able to attend, it also released a rendering on the Web, along with some basics.


 

Jeep Adds a Little Chill With 2014 Wrangler Polar Edition

On: Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 9:56AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Winter is coming a little early, at least in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Jeep introduced a Polar Edition package for the 2013 Wrangler last week, following up on past packages with wintry themes like the Wrangler Arctic. The winter-ready package gets some traction enhancements, along with frosty styling cues.


Toyota Corollas Gets a Facelift

On: Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 4:41PM | By: Karen Cook


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If a car manufacturer wants to sell cars it must produce cars that people want to buy. It seems a simple concept, but there have been more than a few auto makers which ignored this rule and went belly up as a result. Toyota seems determined to learn from these mistakes with the 2014 Corolla.


Volkswagen XL1 To Cost 110,000 Euros in Germany

On: Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 1:18PM | By: Chris Weiss


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The Volkswagen XL1 is the first in a new breed of supercars, a breed designed not for exotic looks, fast speeds and world records, but for driving clean and cutting your carbon footprint. Volkswagen stripped the cap off its R&D budget and threw money at designing a so-called one-liter car, reaching new heights in efficiency and design.

But such a supercar presents a dilemma: While it's easy enough to recoup supercar-level R&D investments by selling super-fast, exotic cars to multimillionaires, it might be less easy to recoup costs on a car that's cutting-edge technology is invested in low weight and light emissions. VW is going to try, however, announcing a six-figure price tag in its home market. 


Lamborghini Veneno Roadster Terrorizes Streets

On: Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 5:15PM | By: Chris Weiss


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When you build some of the world's most lusted-after exotic cars, the only one really qualified to surprise you with a birthday present is you. Lamborghini has been treating itself to a 50th birthday year filled with truly outlandish presents that no one else could have possibly thought of. It began with the Veneno at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, and while it seemed like it may never build something more extreme, a couple months later it did: the tri-pronged Egoista. Before its birthday year is up, it makes it a trio, introducing a roadster version of the Veneno.


The "Auto" Mobile

On: Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 9:11AM | By: Karen Cook


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You may have read my previous article on self-driving automobiles. The government is now getting involved in this new technology. As I’ve said before, this sort of progress was inevitable and the government agrees. There are far reaching benefits to computer-controlled vehicles.


Car Rentals for the Modern Age

On: Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 1:54PM | By: Karen Cook


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Most of us depend on our vehicles for daily transportation to and from work and to run errands. Most towns are not small enough to handle everyday tasks on foot or bicycle. What do you do if you don’t need a car every day? Maybe you work from home, have no children, and the expense of a personal vehicle is just not worth it. You could use public transportation, taxis, or impose on a friend. Or you could rent a Zipcar. This is not really a new concept. It’s been around for years, but recent mergers have now given the convenient automobiles nationwide availability.


Nissan Prices the 2014 Juke

On: Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 4:49PM | By: Chris Weiss


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The Nissan Juke must be one of the more polarizing designs in the modern auto market. This oddly styled small crossover is definitely a love it or leave it design. For those who love, and want to buy, the 2014 model, there's some good news: The 2014 Juke carries over base pricing from 2013.